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If you’re asking whether DIY chimney cleaning is a good idea or not, then you’re in the right place. While some chimney maintenance is possible for the DIYer, or Do It Yourself Enthusiast, a complete chimney cleaning and inspection should be performed at least once a year by a Certified Chimney Sweep.

How often should you get a chimney swept?

You should get your chimney inspected or cleaned at least once a year for all types of fireplaces. If you regularly burn wood or coal in your fireplace, you should sweep your chimney every season.

Do potato skins help clean chimneys?

In all honesty, however, the old wise tale about burning potato peelings/skins does in fact help. Although you still need to have your chimney cleaned regularly, because even potato peels won’t prevent the chimney from getting dirty, but it will help decrease chances of a chimney fire due to creosote.

Can I clean my chimney from the bottom?

A better option is to “sweep” from the bottom up using a rotary chimney cleaning system. The Sooteater is a spinning chimney whip that removes soot and creosote build-up using small plastic lines (whips) attached to flexible rods that are fed up from the base of the chimney.

What does it cost to clean a chimney?

The typical chimney cleaning cost is between $129 and $377. Wood fireplaces that receive regular maintenance price $85 to $100 per cleaning. Those with build-up from years of neglect could total as much as $800. Chimney cleaning kits run between $50 to $100.

How do you stop a chimney fire?

6 Ways to Stop Chimney Fires Before They Start

  1. Minimize creosote build-up to prevent chimney fires.
  2. Schedule an annual chimney inspection.
  3. Clean your chimney when walls have a ⅛-inch layer of build-up.
  4. Install a chimney cap.
  5. Use safe fire starters to avoid unwanted chimney fires.
  6. Employ clean burning techniques.